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today, and it was no more harsh than what bill keller pointed out. you know, what mandela -- he was associatesed with people that did the same things to their people, you know, gadhafi, castro that was done to him. and i think that was one moral failing. >> molly, is there something -- a lesson for the people on the american left for coming out of syria? >> i think syria has been an incredible challenge for the american left. on one hand, we want to claim that we are champions of freedom, but on the other hand, we've been incredibly conflicted as to what to do. do you arm the resist anticipate resistance in syria? do you reject anything that has to do with the american military? the american left didn't know. >> esther, molly, michael, thanks a lot. that is "all in" for this evening. we'll be back on monday. good night. >>> soon after nelson mandela was released it from prison in 1990, he came on a tour to the united states to raise funds here, to raise further support here for the anti-apartheid cause, but also to say thank you to americans who had supported him and supported s
! >> viva! >> pelley: tonight, a man for a rebel, a prisoner, a president. nelson mandela is dead at 95. >> take your guns, your knives and throw them into the sea! >> pelley: a revolutionary who fought for liberty, an icon who embraced peace. >> we are one country. we are one people. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. he gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears. >> he did something remarkable. he built a genuine multiracial democracy in south africa. >> pelley: he was an inspiration to all who cherish freedom. >> i cherish the ideal of a new south africa. >> the legacy of mandela is of forgiveness and reconciliation. >> today, we can proudly say we are all south africans. >> he is revered around the world. he is almost like a saint. >> pelley: for south africa, he was "madiba," the father of a nation. >> africa! amandla! ( cheers ) ( national anthem plays ) captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: good evening. sunday in south africa will be a national day of prayer in honor of nelson mandela, a day to
mandela's passing. she said it was one of her greatest honors to be invited to his home and called him humble, graceful and heroic. she hosted mandela on her show 13 years ago. >> i had said that you are one of the most humble person i ever met. i will tell you whether mr. mandela arrived today he said to our producer and said what is the subject of today's show? [ applause ] and she said nelson mandela. you are the subject of today's show. and he goes, oh, all right. >> she credits mandela as the inspiration for her school for girls in south africa. our coverage of nelson mandela's life and death continues later this half hour as we hear from mandela's jailer who describes their unusual and long-lasting friendship. you want to keep it here on abc news all morning long. >>> all right. we will turn to other major headlines beginning with something of a reversal by the white house involving the president's uncle who had been facing deportation from the u.s. omar and the president had never met but they said he lived with him three weeks while attending law school. it came after the j
-old american hs been released from korea. >>> a world without nelson mandela. >>> help wanted. a december surprise on the job front more companies are hiring but does that mean the country is turning around. >>> the luck of the draw. the world cup selection is set. the u.s. is facing some tough odds but don't count the team out. >>> and we begin with more news, breaking news out of north korea. american citizen merle newman has been frie freed after beingd bheldby north korea for a month. new dollarsman wags was te detaa sightseeing tour. melissa is live in san lan witht developmentses. developments. as you can imagine the family has been zpi distraught. the north korean's famously unpreictable. the u.s. state department had this statement. >> we are pleased that mr. newman has been allowed to depart from the dprk and rejoin his family zplmp. this positive decision shows the continuing detention of mr. bay who has been in dprk custody for over a year. the dprk the official name of north korea. vice president biden had comments about merle newman's release. >> it's a positive thing they ha
the scalp. selsun blue itchy dry scalp. mandela being alive, now that he's gone, there's so much more progress to be made. where do they stand economically? >> there's still a lot of problems. there's de facto segregation, economic problems, educational problems that south africa needs to advance on in order to realize the society that nelson mandela had in mind for south africa. i got to tell you, being in south africa, the folks there, from all different colors, all different backgrounds, all different socio-economic levels, they're talking about these things and really feel like together they will be able to do so much more. >> abc's lana zak, thank you so much. >> the coverage of nelson mandela's life and death does not end here. see how his story influenced pop culture and moviemakers later in this half-hour. >>> another major headline this morning, the investigation into the shooting of an american teacher in libya. ronnie smith gunned down while jogging at a u.s. consulate in benghazi. his murder comes days after al qaeda called for libyan attacks on u.s. interests. smith's wif
and there is more ice in the forecast. >>> and remembering mandela, we're here in south africa as the country celebrates his life and prepares to say farewell. tonight, we look back at a key moment in the struggle against apartheid, and look behind one of the most famous photos of mandela, taken the day he was released from prison. >>> good evening, from soweto on the streets where so much blood was shed in a long and bitter battle against apartheid. streets tonight have been a place of celebration for the life of nelson mandela. much more on that in a few moments. >>> but our top story tonight comes from california, where an 85-year-old american man is home after a seven-week ordeal as a prisoner in north korea. the end of a tense standoff came suddenly, the north korean government saying merrill newman, a korean war vet with a heart condition was released for humanitarian reasons. nbc's mike taibbi is in palo alto with more for us. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. the north korean officers say they deported merrill newman, others say he was freed after a detention that never
>> pelley: tonight, celebrating mandela. south africans pay tribute to the father of their country as the government announces plans for his services. a delegation of u.s. presidents will attend. reports from deborah patta, mark phillips, and michelle miller. anthony mason on the best jobs report since the great recession. but what kind of jobs is the economy creating? an ice storm causes havoc in the middle of the country. manuel bojorquez is there. and allen pizzey on the years that made the man. >> for 18 of the 27 years he spent in prison, nelson mandela walked down this corridor everyday and at the end of that walk there was no freedom, there was this. >> reporter: with bob simon on the moment he was free. >> after 27 years, his head was high and his fist was clenched. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. the south african government announced today that the state funeral for former president nelson mandela will be a week from sunday-- the culmination of days of memorial services. president obama will lead the u
. ♪ >>> and this morning, the world celebrates the life of nelson mandela. >> we have never doubted in our mind, even during the darkest hours of our struggle, that eventually we would win. >> he calls himself an ordinary man who became a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. >> sometimes it's calls for a nation to be great. let your greatness blossom. >> this morning, his life, his legacy. >> as long as injustice exists in our world, none of us can truly rest. >> we talk to the people whose lives he touched. this is a special edition of "good morning america," remembering nelson mandela, a man who changed the world. >>> we do say good morning, everyone. and we are celebrating the life of one of the most remarkable men in history. he has been called the apostle of reconciliation. a leader who inspired so many, with his own fight for freedom and justice for all. we have so many pictures that we're going to share with you. this, outside of his home in south africa. crowds gathering all around the world. tributes pouring in from around the globe this morning. >> 95 years old. a monumental life.
is headed east. >> south africa will honor nelson mandela with more than a week of memorial events. he died at the age of 95. his countrymen are grieving, but many are using his passing to celebrate a life well lived. we have the story now from johannesburg. >> reporter: it's the night of chanting for the man who they call father. father of the nation being celebrated for incredible grace, the man who transcended class and race. for south africans the day is for morning. mandiba, he was the father of the nation is it. >> they would come together and mourn. >> he might have been sicked for a long time, but people here are shot. they're mourning for their leader. >> we knew that this would come because of mandiba's age there is a huge sense of loss you. >> young and old, white and black, remembered his grace, his generosity of spirit. >> i'm just glad he did all he did for us. hopefully we continue the legacy he left. >> reporter: a legacy of forgiveness and reconciliation that this country is deeply missing. over the next ten days mandela's body will lie instate. mandela always said that a m
spent in prison, nelson mandela walked down this corridor everyday and at the end of that walk there was no freedom, there was this. >> reporter: with bob simon on the moment he was free. >> after 27 years, his head was high and his fist was clenched. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, the south african government announced plans today for a week of memorial services for nelson mandela, culminating with his funeral a week from sunday. president obama will lead a u.s. delegation, expected to include a number of former presidents, though it is not known which of the services he will attend. mourners continued to gather today at mandela's home in johannesburg where he died last night and at his former home in soweto. perhaps no one image summed up his legacy better than this. >> blacks and whites signed by side honoring the father of a multiracial south africa, a man who became a worldwide symbol for racial equality. >> debra patta is there. dance today. from the sprawling township of soweto to the plush upmarket
. [ singing ] >> south africa begins its farewell to legendary freedom fighter nelson mandela with a day of prey and reflection. >> south korea expands its air defense zone raising tensions in asia >> and the heartland takes a hit from storms. today it's headed for the east coast [ ♪ music ] >> remembering nelson mandela. today was a day of national reflection. there was no bigger church or congregation than the people at the catholic church in south africa. [ singing ] >> the sounds of soweto, of a nation on what is not just another sunday. [ singing ] >> the congregation of the biggest catholic church in this largely christian country celebrates nelson mandela in song and prayer. similar services in all faiths are held across south africa in a day of reflection. >> we gather here to thank god for his life. we thank god for the blessing he bestowed on this world through the life of madiba. >> this church holds a special place in the history of antiapartheid movement. it was a sanctuary for protesters, sometimes violated by the police. >> so why do you think police threw tear gas insi
. >> south africa's parliament is paying tribute to nelson mandela as the country prepares for the arrival of world leaders were tuesday's memorial. these are the latest in a just from parliament. some 70 heads of state are expected to attend the service a stadiumo be held in in soweto. it is expected to be one of the largest gatherings of the carries in recent history. we have the latest on the ongoing prayers and tributes to nelson mandela. >> tributes continue to pour in for nelson mandela. south africans are still toiting places significant nelson mandela. the focal point is nelson mandela's home in soweto. grand parade in cape town, where nelson mandela made his first speech in 1990 as a free man when he walked out of the gates of the present. there will be a big rally in soweto in johannesburg. a number of dignitaries and eminent people along with about 95,000 south africans will pay tribute to their beloved leader. this afternoon, they will convene a special joint sitting of parliament to allow members of parliament and opposition parties to say farewell to the man who was south afr
>> rose: welcome to the program, tonight we remember nelson mandela, who died in south africa at age 95, joining me the former mayor of new york, david dinkins, the former editor of time magazine who wrote a biography on nelson mandela, stengel and his long time friend, jerry inzerillo. >> it was his genetic endowment what he learned in that moment of time. the great walter zulu who was really his mentor once told me a lovely story when young nelson mandela who first came to johannesburg to study law walked into zulu ice real estate office in soweto we were just trying to become a mass movement and one day a mass leader walked into my office. >> rose: also part of this program, a conversation with nelson mandela which took place here on this program in 1993. >> and the lesson is that the method of the people, the method of political method to be used, part determined by the oppressor himself, if the oppres oppressos peaceful means, we will never result to violence. it is when the oppressor in addition to repressive policies uses violence that the oppress have had no alternati
belongs to the ages. >> nelson mandela. revolutionary, president, prisoner. and prophet. >> sometimes, it falls bonn a generation to be great. let your greatness blossom. >> this morning, how he transformed our world. the lessons for our politics today. and a look back at his remarkable interview with ted koppel, just days after leaving prison. >> to spend 27 years, at the prime of your life, is a trag y tragedy. >> then -- >> we can't survive -- >> from wendy's to the white house. america debates inequality, growth, and fairness. we tackle it with two key senators, plus james carville and mary matalin join our powerhouse round table. right here, this sunday morning. >>> from abc news, "this week" with george stephanopoulos starts right now. >>> hello, again. in south africa today, preparations for the most massive memorial service in memory. pope francis, four american presidents, the dalai lama and dozens of world leaders will be there tuesday to pay tribute to a giant of our time. we'll reflect on nelson mandela this morning. first, let's go to chief foreign correspondent terry mo
begins its farewell to legendary freedom fighter nelson mandela with a day of prayer and reflection. >>> and brace yourself. scenes like this are happening across the country today. >>> increasing tensions in asia, south korea has declared an expanded air defense zone that overlaps with once announced last month by china. it includes a strategic area disputed by the two countries. al jazeera's terry faucet reports. >> it may be about lines in the air but extend over land and sea. this is what south korea called the submerged rocky reef with a scientific research station and under the very obvious de facto control. the strategic waters and rocks are claimed by beijing and seoul as part of their exclusive economic zones. now south korea has asserted its rights in the air above. >> translator: the new korean air space defense identification zone has been modified to be in line with the country's flight information region, which does not overlap with neighboring countries. this modified zone includes the air space over ioto waters. >> it's two weeks after china's surprise extension of t
>>> happening now, south africa and the world prepare for the funeral of nelson mandela. we're there live with new information. >>> plus, clinton honors mandela. the former president shares very personal stories about his friend and his hero. he says the south african leader's advice helped him get through one of his darkest hours. stand by for my one-on-one interview. >>> plus, breaking news. a snow and ice emergency. a deadly winter storm is causing havoc on the roads and in the skies across america. we're tracking the danger as the deep freeze moves east and a new storm develops out west. >>> and a big jump in jobs. does president obama deserve credit for improving the u.s. economy after a surprisingly strong employment report? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> a ten-day mourning period is under way for one of the most influential leaders of our time. we're learning more about the final tributes to nelson mandela. stand by for that, and for my special conversation with the former president, bill clinton. he reveals a time when he and the south african
mandela has begun. it is well into sunday morning, yet there is still a few dye hards. to my left on the streets, it played a few part in nelson mandela's life and the life of apartheid. so many came out to honour the struggle and the lessons that he left with. >> this street hosted apartheid's bloodiest battle and thanked its famous residents for winning the fight. outside nelson mandela's house, and played protest songs. >> in a quiet corner, nelson mandela was thanked. this was a champ, he coaches kids to box because nelson mandela asked him to. nelson mandela urged him to help his community and to take his anger out on the community, not the street. >> i wouldn't be alive today. i help the children now. >> nelson mandela loved boxing. he considered it an outlet for stress and anger. >> he trained here. it's the soweto ymca today. >> today young men from soweto train in a mooederb space. when nelson mandela boxed here, it was made of concrete. >> there were hard times. >> thanks to nelson mandela, south africa's fight is kept inside of ring. >> all the fighting. >> all of this,
and friends 5:00 until 9:00. thanks for joining us. we'll see you back here tomorrow night. . nelson mandela was 95. >>> fellow . >>> our beloved nelson mandela, the president of our democratic nation has departed. >> former south african president nelson mandela is dead at the age of 95. the anti-apartheid leader spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became the first black president. donald rumsfeld joins us. good evening, sir. >> good evening. >> why is it that president mandela could do something that nobody else could? what was it about him? >> he had some special qualities. he was a humble person with impressive grace, almost like royalty. he had good humor. and gentleness. but steel in his backbone and resolve and conviction. i think one thing that possibly was different about him, he had that wonderful ability to put himself in other people's shoes and try to look at tough issues from their perspectiie as well as his own. and that's an enormously valuable thing when you're wrestling with tough issues where people feel strongly. and you know, it gets to appreciate
. >>> south african mourners are holding vigils and memorials for nelson mandela continues. and this marijuana ingredient is bringing hundreds of families with epileptic children to colorado. >> we'll start with the legacy of nelson mandela. >> part of successful white government that kept nelson mandela in jail and then served for mandela. as u.s. ambassador and then foreign minister it was his task to defend the continued imprisonment of nelson mandela and other political opponent. but privately he long lobbied for mandela's release. >> i submitted a memorandum, due to the effect that mr. mandela ought to be released that we're bringing a bigger martyr of him every day he stays in prison, and that his international aclaim and status would be growing to an extent that we would not be able to hand it will any more. unfortunately, it continued on. >> here we have a man 27 years in prison. the day he was released he displayed the acumen and attitude of an american who has been a president before. amazing. amazing what insight he had into the minds of people. and for that matter into world affair
south african leader nelson mandela has died at the age of 95. we have a team of cnbc reporters and experts joining us this evening. my pal and colleague tyler matheson, hampton pierceson, john harwood are with us but i want to begin with chris bishop, live outside mandela's home. you see the scene. people gathering to celebrate his life. chris, can you describe what's going on and what is the feeling, what is the basic sense there? >> reporter: well, what's happening at the moment, the police have actually, there are so many people around, the police have closed off the roads around nelson mandela's home in johannesburg where he passed away this evening. but there are people there, there are people with flags, people are crying, people are coming to sing and a bit further away at nelson mandela's former home in soweto, where he lived when he was a young lawyer in the 1950s and early 1960s, when he went on the ground, there were people gathering there, singing songs, celebrating his life. some people are crying and some people are consoling each other. it really is a celebration
for what promises to be a truly epic memorial for nelson mandela. we will be live which details. first, let's go to kate which this top story. >> we will be checking in which you. let's gen here back at home which a massive winter storm, icing the east coast, air travel is an absolute nightmare. more than 1,100 flights already scrubbed today following 2,100 flights cancelled on sunday. if that's not good, people have been forced to sleep on cots at the airport a. highway nightmare from wisconsin to maryland. hundreds of wrecks. dozens deadly. we have this storm covered beginning which meteorologist indra petersen. how is it looking now? >> no stranger to travel delays. ten hours i was stuck last week on the tarmac. i know i was not alone. this storm wreaked havoc which freezing rain, rain itself and snow and ice across a huge chunk of the country. snow, freezing rain and dangerous ice. >> oh! oh my god. >> reporter: in plano, texas, people caught cascades of ice shooting down from rooftops. >> oh my god. >> reporter: another storm is wreaking havoc across much of the nation t. frej id storm
time to come. >> south africa beginnings a week of ser -- ceremonies honouring nelson mandela. crowds left flowers, photographs and balloons outside nelson mandela's home in johannesburg. a memorial service will be held on tuesday with president obama, george w. bush, and jimmy carter. the man defending nelson mandela's yisent is also speaking out. mike hanna sat with him to talk about the unique relationship. >> there was an excessive part of the government that get-nelson mandela in gaol, and he served under nelson mandela in the first democratic cabinet. as u.n. ambassador and foreign minister, it was his task to publicly defend the yisent of nelson mandela and other political opponents. privately he maintains he lobbied for nelson mandela's release. >> in 1982 i submitted a memorandum prepared by my department. and to the effect that nelson mandela ought to be released. we were making a bigger martyr of you every day stays in prison. that is international. and status. would be growing to an extent where he would not be able to handle it. eight years later nelson mandela became a
. >>> world leaders now travel to go south africa. they're there to attend the memorial for nelson mandela. >>> and americans around the country are digging out following this latest blast of ice and snow. >> battle over the budget congress on the verge of a new spending deal as lawmakers spe e the bill before leaving for the holidays. it contains some things that the house does not like. >> this is it for this session this year. they're off for the holidays whether the farm deal is not, whether the budget is done or not. whether a whole host of items are normally no brainers for congress. they're having trouble, as you might imagine, as is in surprise getting it done. you heard of a grand bargain. this isn't even a baby grand bargain. this is keeping the music playing to keep the government from shutting down. this deal that has not yet been inked that is likely to come as we understand has done everything but reach very far. provides a framework by which congress can come back in january and pass those spending bills and avoid another catastrophe. over the weekend we heard dick durban, n
. hundreds of thousands without power, temperatures drop. >>> celebration of the life of nelson mandela, leaders around the world going to south africa to bid him farewell. >>> made in america. clothes made in america again. and tonight, you can trace your jeans to the farmer who grew the cotton. make it a merry christmas for american jobs. >>> good evening to you on this chilly night. they are calling it ice friday, the freezing storm stretching 2,000 miles from the heart land to the east coast. 124 million americans across 16 states, in its grip. look at what some families face this weekend, cars, no match for the slick icy highways. neighbors pitching into help out. power lines dangerously caked in ice. so are the car windows. sidewalks turned into skating rinks, roads icy enough for sleds. our extreme weather team is in the storm zone tonight. and abc's steve osunsami starts us off in arkansas. >> reporter: black ice. white ice. they're calling ice friday, stretching some 2,000 miles across the middle of the country. turning roads in illinois into ice rinks with massive blowing snow
for the fallen father of south africa - celebrating the life of nelson mandela. >> a mix of snow, sleet and rain crippling parts of the country, causing pile-up and cancelling hundreds of flights. hopefully they'll make changes that affect the industry. >> and a megabrokerage firm t against any u.s. company. >> good morning. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm mad forward. >> an american war veteran detained in north korea is on his way back to the united states. the u.s. is calling on the koreans to release another american, merrilman was met by american officials in budget airport early saturday. merrill newman is expected to arrive at san francisco around noon eastern time and al jazeera's correspondent has more. >> merrill newman is headed home. the 85-year-old was held captive for a month in north korea. >> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk has given for me to fe on my own. >> a veteran of the korean war. he was pulled from his flight back from to the united states. he admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised. his age and medical condition played a part. >>
remembers nelson mandela. a man who rose above hardship to free a country and change the course of history. >> we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. >> his extraordinary life and legacy. >> i urge you all. in the name of me, democracy and freedom for all. >> mandela, friday, december 6th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," remembering nelson mandela, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and as we welcome you this morning, we take a live look in soweto, south africa where a massive crowd is gathered to celebrate the life of their beloved hero, former president nelson mandela. >> flags are at half-staff around the world this morning, including at the white house and the capitol. a fitting tribute. just the beginning of the tributes for a man that did so much, despite tremendous obstacles. he is remembered by the country he saved and the world he changed. >> that's r
in south africa this morning to say good-bye to nelson mandela as president obama prepares to lead the u.s. delegation there. lester is live in soweto, south africa with the latest. >>> it's off. prince harry's race to the south pole canceled. that doesn't moon the royal is giving up on his mission to reach the bottom of the world today, sunday, december 8, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with lester holt live in soweto, south africa, and erica hill live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill alongside jenna wolfe and dylan dreyer. as we mentioned, lester holt is in soweto, south africa, where the official events to honor the life of nelson mandela are under way today. good morning, lester. >> reporter: good morning, erica. today was the official day of prayer and reflection. all that notwithstanding, it continues to be a day or a week of celebration of the life of nelson mandela. people here in the streets in soweto once again celebrating his life. we'll tell you about that. we'll tell yo
parliament and calls for new elections. [chanting] a day of prayer in south africa for nelson mandela and leaders including president obama and three former u.s. presidents expected to attend tuesday's memorial service for the late south african president. >> and a crime was never committed and we stood by that. >> reporter: the san antonio four speaking out, released after 16 years behind bars for a crime they have always maintained they did not commit. ♪ the deep freeze is on, wintry weather and cold temperatures reach the east coast. the weather is disrupting travel nationwide and made some sunday nfl games almost impossible to see. good morning and welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy and the storm caused car pile ups in several states and accidents on the pennsylvania turnpike sunday involved almost 60 video as and this shows the long line of cars that came to a halt in morgan town, pennsylvania and we are tracking the storm. what is the latest? >> all of that snow and wind, it is still with us and we are going to continue to see it taking its toll and creating very
bye to nelson mandela. lester is live with the latest. >>> and it is off. prince harry's race to the south pole cancelled. that doesn't mean the royal is giving up on his mission to reach the bottom of the world. >>> from nbc news this is a special edition of "today" with lester holt live from south africa and erica hill live from studio 1 a in rockefeller plaza. >> as wee mentioned, lester hol in soweto, south africa, where the official events to honor the life of nelson mandela are under way today. good morning, lester. >> reporter: good morning, erica. today was the official day of prayer and reflection. all that notwithstanding, it continues to be a day or a week of celebration of the life of nelson mandela. people here in the streets in soweto once again celebrating his life. we'll tell you about that. we'll tell you about the services held across south africa today from parks to churches as people gather to remember the father of their country. we will also tell you the specific plans now that we know about president obama's visit along with some other u.s. presidents he
. travel is becomes near impossible as hundreds of flights are grounded a. >>> remembering nelson mandela. two days after his death, the crowds continue to grow celebrating a fearless man who taught the world about the power of reconciliation. this as his country and the world prepare to honor one of the nation's greatest leaders. saturday, september 7th, 2013. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with lester holt live from south africa, and erica hill live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> reporter: good morning. welcome to "today" on this saturday morning. i'm lester holt in south africa. >> i'm erica hill here in studio 1a with jenna wolf and diagonally diagonally. we are happy you're back. >> i didn't want to come back unless a big news day. >> you were waiting for the big day. lefter is going to be with us from south africa as we cover what shais happening in south africa. >> jenna, welcome. >>> behind me is the mandela house. the house that he lived from in the mid '40s until the early '60s. it is now a museum in this sprawling township near johannesburg, so
. more man a dozen states in a deep freeze. >>> then the unprecedented plans for nelson mandela's funeral, as the world gets ready to say good-bye. we'll have details on the event and speak with some who know him well. >>> last night's grammy nomination show last night got the music ball rolling for some of music's top performers. this saturday december 7th, 2013. >>> and welcome to the weekend. we also have a great lineup of guests in the house this morning, he's made more than 80 movies but his new one has the oscar buzz factory. >> plus his rise to stardom is as unique as her style. she's here to show us how her life has changed. >> valerie june will perform in our saturday session. >>> but first, he's finally free, the 85-year-old american tourist and veteran of the korean war held captive in north korea since october, is now on his way home. >> right now, merrill newman is on a flight to san francisco. seth dome reports from beijing. >> reporter: freedom after 43 days. merrill newman arrived at beijing's airport today after a flight from north korea.
in for nelson mandela and world leaders are on their way to join in. >> myanmar has promised to release all political prisoners by the end of 2013. but with the deadline approaching more than 200 protesters are still facing trial. as reports from the irwati delta, many are farmers fighting for their land. the officer tile plains of the delta often described as the race basket of myanmar, for many years part of the planned stood idle after it was confiscated by the government in the 1990s. >> reporter: land seizures were common, but speaking out against them was almost unheard of. today people are encouraged by a wave of political reform and more willing to demand their rights. some do that by simply working on land that they consider theirs an act of defiance that has landed some in prison. >> it's possible to give back the lapped which was lawlessly confiscated from farmers as long as we're united. [ protesters ] >> reporter: they're becoming boulder, taking their grievances to the streets, but there have been con consequences. >> the wealthy croonies and those who confiscated the land rem
of mourning, south africans reflect on the life and legacy nelson mandela. for the first time, we are hearing from his family on his death. a live report ahead. >>> answering a multibillion dollar question. why the supreme court wanted no part of it and why it might end with you paying a lot more online. an iconic image of a '70s star created by an icon of the art world, why it's not at you the forefront of a bitter legal battle. >>> hello, everyone. it's just past high noon in the east, 9:00 a.m. out west. welcome to weekends with alex wit. powerful winter weather has much of the country in a deep freeze today. the arctic blast carrying snow, sleet and freezing rain stretches from california to the northeast. the storm is already to blame for at least 11 deaths including three in california. icy conditions are making driving perilous. >> it felt like my car was kind of weaving back and forth because it was so slick. >> and texas is one of the hardest hit as icy conditions there force the cancellation of the dallas marathon today as well as 1600 flights at dallas fort worth international birp
africans are uniting in of reflection in memory of l day nelson mandela. at his family home people are mourning. nelson mandela died this week at 95. u. u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon will be among the world leaders on tuesday. >> i'm joined from soweto. it's become a symbol of the antiapartheid struggle. haru mutasa, it's a day of reflection and prayer. tell us more about how south africans will spend their sunday. >> take a look at this. it's packed. people from all walks of life, and races coming to remember the priest is speaking. try to learn from mandela, try and do good things. other people are in synagogues. people will go to parks, sit with family and friends and discuss what they remember about nelson mandela. let's tell the world what he loves and what we can learn. >> and remembering him, of course we realise he's in state, but to be there will not be possible because the place will be taken by diplomats and politicians. what is the government putting in place for the people. >> they are putting in big screens so people can watch and see what is going on. it's okay
mandela along side three other former u.s. presidents. >>> are we there yet? an airline passenger falls asleep and wakes to find he is alone and locked inside the plane. >> you think somebody would have pushed me or rubbed me and said we're here. >> what happened when someone finally found him. >>> and ready for sochi. lindsey vonn declares herself ready to go after getting back on the slopes this weekend. we'll hear from her today, monday, december 9th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning. i'm savannah guthrie along side al roker and natalie morales. don't you love the guy that got stuck on the plane. do you think he's a deep sleeper? >> it's your turn to check the back of the plane. >> if you're going to get stranded, could you wake up in the caribbean. is that so much to ask? >> you would think the cleaning crew at least would wake you up. >> not a good day for him. anyway, right to our top story
to celebrate his life. nelson mandela was south africa's first black president known as the father of the nation. he died at the age of 95 surrounded by his family after a long battle with lung infection. >> people there throughout the morning and the night, let's be clear, have been singing and dancing, celebrating his life, but deep sat sadness that this man seen, as the one who created the nation has passed. there's a lot of people that have mixed emotions. they are in mourning, but they are celebrating his life. one man drove past and scribbled all sorts of slogans to remind himself and people in the area how great nelson mandela was. it's before 8 o'clock. more are waking up. soweto is busy. we'll see how the day performance out. i'm joined by one person who has been here for hours, watching people celebrating. what is your name and when you heart about the news, how did you react. >> i heard about 1am. since that time i was awake until now. i sam celebrating. celebrating what he has done for us. >> what has he done? >> he bring piece. he enjoys themselves. a lot has been cha
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